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Serena upset in Rogers Cup semifinals

TORONTO — World No. 1 Serena Williams stumbled in the Rogers Cup semifinals Saturday night, falling 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 to Belinda Bencic.

The winner of the first three Grand Slam events of the season, Williams, 33, is preparing for the U.S. Open. She won titles in Toronto in 2001, 2011 and 2013.

The 18-year-old Bencic, ranked 20th, has knocked off three seeded players in her first career appearance in a premier event. She opened with a victory over Eugenie Bouchard and followed with wins over Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki and fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic.

In the other semifinal, Simona Halep beat Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4.

MEN: Novak Djokovic advanced to the Rogers Cup final, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4 at Montreal. Djokovic will face Andy Murray, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Kei Nishikori.


Rowdies lose at Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's James Marcelin scored the winning goal in the 43rd minute as the Rowdies lost 2-1 at Lockhart Stadium. Fort Lauderdale (2-2-4) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute on a goal from outside the 18-yard box by Stefano Pinho. Maicon Santos tied it for the Rowdies (2-4-1) in the 19th minute.

ENGLAND: After being a relegation candidate last season, visiting Leicester beat West Ham 2-1 for its second straight win. Leicester topped the Premier League standings on goal difference ahead of Manchester United. Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez scored for Leicester.


Biles captures U.S. three-peat

Simone Biles won her third straight all-around title at the U.S. Championships at Indianapolis. Biles, the two-time reigning world all-around champion, scored 124.100 total points over two days of competition, 4.95 points more than Maggie Nichols to become the first woman in 23 years to three-peat. The last woman to win three straight U.S. titles was Kim Zmeskal from 1990-92. Aly Raisman was third, Bailie Key fourth and defending Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas fifth. In the men's competition, Sam Mikulak led the all-around by 2.35 points with 92 after the first round late Friday.


Tampa's Tarver fights to draw

Heavyweights Antonio Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) and Steve Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 KOs) fought to a draw late Friday at Newark, N.J. The scoring was 115-113 for Tarver, 115-113 for Cunningham and 114-114. Tarver, 46, is a former light heavyweight world champion who lives in Tampa, and Cunningham, 39, is a former two-time cruiserweight titleholder. "I know (the judges) weren't educated on my defense and ring generalship," Tarver said.


HORSES: The Pizza Man won the Arlington Million, beating Big Blue Kitten by a half-length for this third straight victory. The Pizza Man ($13.60) ran the 1¼-mile turf race in 2 minutes, 2.20 seconds at Arlington Heights, Ill.

Times wires